Steven Ward

Steven Ward



Stanford University

Encina Hall, C213

Stanford, CA 94305-6165

(650) 736-9419 (voice)

Research Interests

International relations theory | International security | Power transitions | Grand strategy | International social status | East Asian security | American foreign policy


Steven is an Assistant Professor of Government and the Associate Director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He received my PhD from Georgetown University’s Department of Government in 2012. He also holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He writes and teaches in the area of international relations, especially international security. He is currently engaged in two major research projects. The first explores the relationship between status concerns and domestic politics in the context of relative decline. The second investigates the role of tripwire forces as deterrent signals. His first book – Status and the Challenge of Rising Powers (Cambridge University Press, 2017) – explains how status anxiety can push rising states to launch costly, risky challenges to the international status quo, and tests this account against the records of Wilhelmine Germany, Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, and the United States around the turn of the 20th century. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Studies, International Theory, and the Journal of Global Security Studies, and has been featured in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.